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NEWS RELEASE: Durham Named James V. Mudd Fellowship Award Honoree By Leadership Collier Foundation


June 26, 2012

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Kathy Gulvas
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Tim Durham, Chief Deputy of the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office, has been named the James V. Mudd Fellowship Award recipient, announced today Mike Reagen, President of the Leadership Collier Foundation.

The James V. Mudd Fellowship Award was created by the Leadership Collier Foundation, a program of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, to honor former Collier County Manager Jim Mudd and to acknowledge his outstanding public service leadership.

The Fellowship annually acknowledges an outstanding leader whose contributions mirror those of Manager Mudd’s devotion to enhancing leadership and stewardship.

Selected by a confidential committee from the Leadership Collier Foundation and based on a review of candidate’s qualifications, each honoree is deemed to possess and exhibit the following attributes:

  • Integrity – doing what is right – always
  • Inclusively and positively results-oriented – focused on both people and program advancement
  • Selfless community service – placing others before self
  • Inspiring others to collaborate, follow and lead

Originally from Flemington, New Jersey, Durham first served in the United States Army from 1977 to 1990. During this period, he received numerous military awards and competed for Drill Sergeant of the Year honors in 1988. Durham reentered the U.S. Army following 9/11, after a 15-year service break, and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He earned his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University and a law degree from Florida State College of Law.

Durham served as an Associate Professor at Thomas College in Georgia for four years, as an Adjunct Professor at Edison State College, in the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, and in the Collier County Attorney’s Office for five years. He has been an integral part of the Collier County Elections Office since 2005.

“Durham successfully guided and assisted with Collier County’s redistricting and precinct/polling place consolidation endeavors with critical deadlines and led a redistricting public education campaign that was unprecedented in depth and scope,” said Reagen. “This program exceeded prior Collier County efforts and that which was provided in Florida.”

“It served as a primer in redistricting and greatly facilitated obtaining U.S. Justice Department approval of Collier County’s plans,” Reagen said. “Durham’s work with the 2011 precinct/polling place consolidation was deemed a terrific success.”

“Tim served our country not once, but twice!” said Jennifer J. Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections. “His last deployment was a year in harm’s way in Iraq, and he brings this same love of country and dedication to his role as Collier County Chief Deputy Supervisor of Elections.”

“Tim understands that we are ‘gatekeepers of democracy’ and that we provide a fundamental right to the residents of our wonderful community,” Edwards said. “His steadfast work and excellent service deserve our thanks and admiration and make him very worthy of this award.”

Durham will receive the James V. Mudd Fellowship Award at a public ceremony to be held at 10 a.m. on July 13, 2012 at the Leadership Collier Foundation Community Room, 2390 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL 34103. The public is invited.

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